Letterbook 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of Zion— Say to all the brethren and  sisters in Zion that they have our hearts  our best wishes and the strongest desires  of our spirits for their welfare Temporal  Spiritual, and Eternal.
As ever we salute you  in the name of the Lord Jesus Amen
Joseph Smith Jr

Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, Indiana • 2 July 1833

, July 2nd, 1833.
Dear Brethren it is truly painful to  be under the painful necessity of writing  on a subject which engages our attention  at this time viz the case of John Smith  and his son. We have just  received a letter from you concerning their  Standing in the . We do not  hold them in fellowship we would  inform you that John Smith has  been dealt with and his authority  taken from him and you are  required not to receive his teachings  but to treat him as a transgressor  until he repents and humbles himself  before the Lord to the entire satisfaction  of the Church and also you have  authority to call a  and sit in judgment on s case  and deal with him as the law directs  we feel to rebuke the of that  < of the> church of Christ for not magnifying  their office and letting the transgressor go  unpunished we therefore enjoin upon [p. 54]
of Zion— Say to all the brethren and sisters in Zion that they have our hearts our best wishes and the strongest desires of our spirits for their welfare Temporal Spiritual, and Eternal.
As ever we salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Amen
Joseph Smith Jr

Letter to Church Leaders in Eugene, Indiana • 2 July 1833

, July 2nd, 1833.
Dear Brethren it is truly painful to be under the necessity of writing on a subject which engages our attention at this time viz the case of John Smith and his son. We have just received a letter from you concerning their Standing in the . We do not hold them in fellowship we would inform you that John Smith has been dealt with and his authority taken from him and you are required not to receive his teachings but to treat him as a transgressor until he repents and humbles himself before the Lord to the entire satisfaction of the Church and also you have authority to call a and sit in judgment on s case and deal with him as the law directs we feel to rebuke the of that of the church of Christ for not magnifying their office and letting the transgressor go unpunished we therefore enjoin upon [p. 54]
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